Griffin, offense shine in evening practice

It was a perfect evening at Husky Stadium for the 12th practice of fall camp and the offense definitely had one of it's better nights making several plays in the 11-on-11 team session. The kicking game also showed up with a perfect 5-for-5 as well. Who shined on Wednesday evening? Read on to find out...

The first note was that OT Drew Schaefer was back running with the first unit at right tackle while Nick Scott had moved back to second team right tackle.

It appears that Schaefer, a redshirt freshman from Sammamish, has gotten the message from the coaching staff loud and clear and his performance on the night was especially good.

Also looking good was QB Jake Locker who had a solid evening throwing the ball. It didn't start out great though, when Locker dropped back for his first pass and hit WR Jermaine Kearse deep down the middle, but the sophomore wideout dropped the ball setting the tone for his night which didn't see him make a catch.

Running with the first unit most of the night at wide receiver were Devin Aguilar, James Johnson, Jordan Polk and Cody Bruns. Anthony Boyles was also thrown in a few times when the first unit went to the four-wide receiver set. Boyles again had a case of the dropsies when Locker spotted him for what would have been a first down and he let it back off his chest to fall incomplete.

The running backs for the most part had a solid night with good blocking up front from both the first and second offensive line.

Willie Griffin had the big night, rushing for 35 yards on five carries and scoring the "practice winning" touchdown in the OT session to decide who won the night.

During the "blitz session" the defense manhandled the offense, making several key stops and getting pressure on the quarterbacks. However, in the third and short drill, the offense had it's best time of the night with Locker leading the team to five straight first downs while QB Ronnie Fouch helped lead his charges to two straight before an errant pass stopped the run.

Locker finished the night 7 of 14 for 106 yards and one touchdown to Aguilar of 21 yards in the overtime session while Fouch finished 6 of 14 with a touchdown to TE Ben Hayes of three yards during the last session as well.

Two rookies that continue to show what they can do on defense are linebackers Tim Tucker and Jordan Wallace. Wallace had a great night, sniffing out a run and making an open field tackle while Tucker pursued one on the opposite side of the field for a short gain.

Also looking good in run-support were cornerbacks Vonzell McDowell and Justin Glenn, both making big hits off the edge on wide running plays.

LB E.J. Savannah was wearing a cast on his left hand, but still was very active and did his best to strip TE Chris Izbicki on what turned out to be a first down.

Izbicki had his moments on the night, but one he'd like to forget was in the tight end/safety drill where the tight end ran a route and the safety was expected to cover the route. Izbicki hauled in a pass from Taylor Bean, but as he turned he neglected to tuck the ball in fast enough and S Alvin Logan stripped the ball and picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown while his defensive teammates cheered him on.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian came over with a smile congratulating Logan and then turned his attention to Izbicki coaching him on how to tuck the ball away quicker so it can't be stripped.

Afterwards Sarkisian and the offensive staff seemed to be pretty happy with the overall performance of the offense, while the defensive coaching staff, coordinator Nick Holt especially, were none too pleased with the efforts of their charges.

Tomorrow will see the team take the field once at 3 p.m. before they go for their fourth double-day on Thursday.

Injury Updates: Still out and not participating in practice were FB Paul Homer (hamstring), S Jason Wells (achilles), S Victor Aiyewa (neck), Chris Robinson (knee), Will Shamburger (knee) and OT Terrance Thomas who appeared to have his left ankle in a boot.

OT Nick Scott and RB Johri Fogerson both rolled ankles during the two-hour workout, but Sarkisian said both appeared to be fine. Both could be seen walking off after practice with no assistance and very small limps.

Kicking Game comes alive: K Erik Folk and K Eric Guttorp both had solid evenings. Folk went 3-for-3 hitting from 48, 45 and 43 while Guttorp was 2-for-2 hitting from 42 and 36.

Folk's first kick would have been good from about 55 as he had plenty of room to spare.

Also of note was the fact that both kickers made the three extra points the team tried with Folk making two and Guttorp his one attempt.

Trufant on the way?: It sure appears as if he's getting close to making his UW debut. He was in the stands tonight and rumors were swirling that he should be done with his class in the next day or two. Don't be surprised if he's on the field as early as tomorrow, but most likely by Friday. Top Stories